Weekend Update

Illness seems to be winning here. BOO!!!!!

Sailor Moon has her energy but her breathing is getting really congested.  We went to her bowling league yesterday morning and got caught in a rain storm around lunch on the way home.  Yeah this did nothing to help her at all and today, now I feel really sick.  So school has been cancelled today due to the Mothership being down for repairs…lol.  Instead we are going to relax, pump fluids in us and spend the week home and get caught up on our schoolwork from today.  We have mutually agreed that since we are not doing school today that on Friday (if we are still sick and not going to the apple orchard) that we would do schoolwork and on Saturday we would use it as a review of the past 2 weeks.

She did surprise me yesterday though.  We were watching tv (she requested the Food Network on Demand… she loves the competition shows, especially Donut Showdown), but while we were watching tv she was colouring some worksheets I had printed off and opted to not use.  She got to the O and looked at me and said the O sound and then this “O is for Octagon”  Then she asked me if O was the first letter and I said yes, and she told me see she is getting smarter everyday… lol

Have a great week everyone!!!!

Kindergarten – Day 5

English

  1. Hooked on Phonics – Letter Uu worksheets
  2. The Letter Uu worksheet
  3. Alphabet Fun – Letter Uu worksheet
  4. Starfall – Letter Aa, Ee, Ii,Oo, Uu
  5. Uma the Unicorn
  6. Write a row of the letter U in notebook, circle the best one
  7. Write a row of the letter u in notebook, circle the best one
  8. Write first name in notebook

Reading

  1. Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons – Lesson 2 & 3

Math

  1. Tallest to Shortest
  2. Counting to 10
  3. Puzzle
  4. Count to 10
  5. Colour the Number Zero Sheet

Family Reading – Charlotte’s Web

  1. Chapter 2
  2. Popsicle Stick Spider Web
  3. Chapter 3
  4. Barn Diorama

Home Economics

  1. Daily Chore: Sailor Moon – Vacuum Living Room
  2. Daily Chore: Mothership – Sweep Kitchen

Computer

  1. 15 Minutes on ABCMouse (she opted for Jumpstart instead.. again.  They have a priate theme this month and she loves it.. she got the pirate ship mount and all)

I omitted Geography and our Unit Study today as she wanted to spend time playing with her animals and dinosaurs in her new barn and I definitely encourage that.. All of her dinos ate the animals and took over though.. lol  We are officially on our weekend until Sunday… which is good because Sailor Moon has been fighting a chest cold and she needs her time to rest up.

Kindergarten – Day 4

So the library was a no go.. Sailor Moon woke up all stuffy and puffy… so we decided to go grab a few bits this morning from the dollarstore to make her feel better.  Sailor Moon has been selling her unused toys and collecting her money.  So today she spent $5 on a balloon, a toy ukulele and a light up red heart wand.  Her allergies may be hitting her hard today, but seeing her stuffy puffy, watery eyed smile… I knew this meant alot to her.  We are about to start up our daily fun stuff together and I am hoping we get it all done, but if not.. we can spend some time tonight doing it while we chill out on the bed.


English

  1. Hooked on Phonics – Letter Oo worksheets
  2. The Letter Oo worksheet
  3. Alphabet Fun – Letter Oo worksheet
  4. Starfall – Letter Aa, Ee, Ii,Oo
  5. Olivia the Octopus
  6. Write a row of the letter O in notebook, circle the best one
  7. Write a row of the letter o in notebook, circle the best one
  8. Write first name in notebook

Reading

  1. Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons – Lesson 2

Math

  1. Tallest to Shortest
  2. Counting to 10
  3. Puzzle
  4. Count to 10

Lunch

Geography

  1. Usbourne Children’s Atlas – Countries and Cities
  2. Algeria (focusing on the geographical landscape like the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains.)

Unit Study – Volcanoes

  1. Inside a Volcano

Family Reading – Charlotte’s Web

  1. Chapter 2
  2. Popsicle Stick Spider Web

Home Economics

  1. Daily Chore: Sailor Moon – Vacuum Living Room

Computer

  1. 15 Minutes on ABCMouse (she opted for Jumpstart instead)

So yesterday we got a bit done but not all of it because we were out of the house for a bit in the morning and she took soo long doing anything in the afternoon.  The lack in motivation plus her not feeling the best has equaled to us doing double duty tomorrow

Kindergarten – Day 3

Today, I feel like I hit the damn JACKPOT!!! (and yes I know I just jinxed myself big time)

Today couldn’t have been any better.. we have a structure, we have a rhythm and we have results!!!  I wrote up my plan last night.. had everything ready and when 10am rolled around, instead of sitting at the table in the dining room.. we decided to get comfy and do schoolwork.  We have a spare single bed and I have taken the mattress from it and put it in front of the couch so that instead of fighting for space on the couch.. she can lounge on this mattress and I can stretch out and relax on the couch.  So today we did schoolwork on the mattress and I think we will be doing schoolwork there more often!!!

We switched out the McGuffey Primer for a book I bought last year called “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons” in hopes that she might be more inclined to learn to read with me since the McGuffey Primer sight words just never worked well before and I have tried this book before and it worked, I just didn’t have the opportunity to stick with it since we were travelling when I was trying to do it with her.

I’ve marked off what we did not do and put comments in on what went ok.. but mostly what went wrong.


English

  1. Hooked On Phonics – Letter Ii Worksheets
  2. The Letter Ii Worksheet
  3. Alphabet Fun – Letter Ii
  4. Starfall – Aa, Ee, Ii Songs & Games
  5. Irene the Iguana Letter Hunt (We printed off the actual worksheets but this did not go that well, the l’s looked like I’s so it confused her a bit.  We agreed this would now just be a story to explain the letter sound a bit better.)
  6. Quick Letter Sound Quiz
  7. Write a row of the letter I in notebook, circle the best one
  8. Write a row of the letter i in notebook, circle the best one
  9. Write first name in notebook

Reading

  1. Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons – Lesson 1

Math

  1. Tallest to Shortest
  2. Counting to 10
  3. Puzzle (She had a hard time understanding that the edge pieces are edge pieces.. she knows it in a physical puzzle but an online one confused her.)

Lunch

Geography

  1. Usbourne Children’s Picture Atlas – The Universe
  2. Usbourne Children’s Picture Atlas – What are maps?
  3. Algeria (we only did the Flag Colouring, learned hello in the country languages and listened to the national anthem.. oh and we had to find out what Volcanoes were in Algeria)

Unit Study

  1. Volcano 101 (which at the end of this video had a link to a Tsunami that we HAD to watch according to Sailor Moon)

Literature

  1. Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 1
  2. Colour front page for lapbook

Home Economics

  1. Daily Chore: Sailor Moon – Clean out Bathtub (she had some toys left in it)
  2. Daily Chore: Mothership – Rest of the Bathroom

Computer Time

  1. At least 15 minutes on Jumpstart

As you can see it was a VERY GOOD day.  We got EVERYTHING done and then some!!!  When it comes to the math online games and starfall, I’ve decided that every Sunday will be a starting day and everything we do up to Saturday will be repeated.  She seems to like this as she loves the Math games and Starfall.  I have concluded that by doing it this way, it will mean she always has a review so it stays fresh in her mind longer (like letter sounds) and will hopefully help her when we are moving ahead with our reading and math skills.

We have decided that all Art projects will be completed on the weekends.  I am soo proud of her and happy that we have finally found something that works!  We’re off to the library tomorrow and I am not sure how this will work but she seems pretty stoked to do her schoolwork down there before she goes to play in the play yard.  Fingers crossed!!!

Learning Curves and Experiences

Well, I knew going into this that it would not be all sunshine and butterflies and its definitely showing.  I feel soo unaccomplished in the homeschooling department but at the same time, I can see the life skills she is learning.  She has learned to pour her own drinks and become more self dependent in the house than she has ever been.  I have had to move her cups and plates/bowls onto a pantry bookshelf in the kitchen so that she can reach her own dishes to make her own meals.

We have done a bit of official schoolwork but right now its reviewing the letter sounds, and learning to read.. (which she wants to do soo badly, but at the same time she doesn’t want to put the work into it, which makes it frustrating).  I’ve tried to incorporate crafts so that I can showcase her work on the walls and eventually put it away for when she is older and wants to look back.. sadly, I think I want this more for my memories then hers because she HATES crafts.  She hates to cut paper and today we made paper plate elephants and practiced making elephant noises and yeah.. I had a whole bunch more planned but after that craft.. she was soo done… she wouldn’t even colour her Monster E colouring sheet I got for her.

Her big things that she wants to learn about are Africa and all things within Africa.. as well as Volcanoes.  So I’ve spent the past weekend planning out things we can do to learn together about Africa and I found small clips of information on Volcanoes.. they are 4-5 minutes long and perfect for her since she will lose interest in the video after that.

Even though we may not be doing the formal sit at a desk, reading out of specific curriculum aligned books.. we are homeschooling our way and I love it.. so for now.. this blog is going to be used to help me homeschool Sailor Moon.. I will be making pages with our learning stuff on it.

Kindergarten – Day 2

Today, I combined all of her Letter Ee stuff into one day, as I learned the previous 2 days that spreading it out did not work well.  I also decided to try putting her lessons in an organized box style.  We have 2 4-drawer trolley on wheels, I emptied them and sorted her lessons into them.  I decided that instead of putting all of one subject  in one drawer that I would help it not be soo boring, and put a little bit from each subject in each one so that after the first one it was like a loop of reviews.  Good idea right?  I also decided I would try the McGuffey Primer again and swore I would stick with it because we never really gave it a fair chance.

I’ve marked off what we did not do and put comments in on what went ok.. but mostly what went wrong.


Box #1

  1. Hooked on Phonics Worksheets / Sight words
  2. The Letter Ee Worksheet
  3. Tallest to Shortest Game
  4. Learn about the continents
  5. Paper Plate Elephant

Box #2

  1. Starfall / Sight Words
  2. Alphabet Fun Letter Ee Worksheet
  3. Counting to 10
  4. Learn about the Oceans
  5. E is for Egg craft

Box #3

  1. Elizabeth the Elephant / Sight Words
  2. Letter E Review
  3. Play “Go Fish”
  4. Review Continents and Oceans
  5. Handprint Elephant craft

Box #4

  1. Charlotte’s Web ~ Chapter 1 (Lapbook Activity) / Sight Words
  2. Write Daily Sight Words
  3. My Little Pony Memory Game
  4. Continents & Oceans Quiz
  5. Bookworm Bookmark craft

Unit Study

  1. Volcano 101

Read Aloud

  1. McGuffey Primer ~ Lesson 1

Review

  1. Write a row of the letter E in notebook, circle the best one
  2. Write a row of the letter e in notebook, circle the best one
  3. Write first name in notebook

Busy Box

  1. Tinkerbell Puzzle
  2. My First 3D Spelling Puzzle
  3. Cracker Barrel Magnetic Toy
  4. Buckle Practice
  5. Uno Game

 

As you can see by how much we got done.. this method did NOT work for us.  We went through the first box and she did the worksheets and then we did the Paper Plate Elephant… .. .. . . .

She HATES crafts apparently… well the cutting and gluing part.  I think she is also getting tired of all the colouring that we are doing.  This has made me rethink my approach a bit for tomorrow.

Kindergarten – Day 1

After a rough start(this is not the first Day 1, we officially started about 3 weeks ago bu  things just kept coming up or we were dealing with behavioral issues with Sailor Moon that made it impossible to even try to teach her.. I was seriously considering sending her to public school because she needs to listens to me in order for me to teach her and if she won’t.. I don’t have much choice but to send her to public school).

Our adjustment to the Jedi Master going back to England was a bit rough.. moreso on Sailor Moon then me, but finally after 3 weeks, Sailor Moon is listening to me, she is fully attentive and interested and we are having fun. I have had to cut out most of the worksheets I printed off with the thought in my head that, ‘this will make it fun for her’ -.- It did the first day, then she got bored after so many of them. This is a quick rundown list of what we did and what worked and didn’t.  I did spread this day over 2 days in the hopes it would not be too much for her.. bad idea (shaking head)  Note to beginner homeschooling mom’s.. do NOT overplan.. I had like 7-8 worksheets and it just became too much and not how I wanted her learning experience to become

I’ve marked off what we did not do and put comments in on what went ok.. but mostly what went wrong.


Day 1-1

Reading

  1. Starfall.com Letter Aa game
  2. Hooked on Phonics Worksheets – Letter Aa
  3. April the Alligator Colouring Page & Story

Writing

  1. Letter Aa Worksheet
  2. Alphabet Fun – Letter Aa Worksheet
  3. Write a row of the letter A in notebook, circle the best one
  4. Write a row of the letter  a in notebook, circle the best one

Math

  1. Tallest to Shortest game

Art

  1. Colour by # Worksheet
  2. Alligator Craft
  3. A is for Alligator

Unit Study

  1. Volcano 101

Day 1-2

Reading

  1. Starfall Letter Aa song
  2. Review April the Alligator story
  3. April the Alligator Letter Hunt (she got annoyed with this very quickly as there were ALOT of A’s) 

Math

  1. Counting to 10

Art

  1. Monster A Worksheet
  2. Do-A-Dot Worksheet
  3. Apple Craft (she started colouring this and decided she was done)
  4. a is for apple

Unit Study

  1. Lapbook Activity #1 – Vocabulary
  2. How Volcanoes Form

Writing

  1. Letter Aa Review

My overall impressions of these 2 days.. complete failure.. thankfully Sailor Moon knows the letter A down so all was not a loss but she knew it before too because we have done it a few times as my tester letter to make see what she liked and disliked last year.  I have found that there was too much colouring and that took away from her learning as she seemed to always be colouring. And when it came to the reading, it seemed as though she was bored and ready to move on to something more challenging then letter sounds (could be because she knows A too well).